Malcolm (Bill) Cady

August 31, 2001 11:00 pm

Malcolm (Bill) Cady, Harbor, died Aug. 15, 2001, in Harbor.

He was born Feb. 8, 1924, to Malcom and Elna Cady.

He lived most of his childhood at the Trinidad Lighthouse on the Northern California coast where his dad was a lighthouse keeper. The family moved to Ashland when Bill was in high school.

Mr. Cady served in the Navy aboard the U.S. Battleship California during World War II, and joined the Goodwill Tour around the world aboard his battleship.

He was a life member of the Brookings-Harbor Battleship Club.

Following the war, he married Gleniss Wignall. They moved to Medford in 1958, and he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1977. They travelled for 10 years, and he was a member of the Airstream (RV) club.

Gleniss passed away in 1987, and Mr. Cady married JoAnn Townes of Medford on Dec. 7, 1990. The couple moved to Harbor 10 years ago and built a lighthouse onto their beach cottage. Mr. Cadys dream of becoming a lighthouse keeper was realized when the lighthouse was moved to Pelican Point overlooking the Chetco River, harbor and ocean, and on July 4, 1997, the light was turned on as an aid to navigation.

Mr. Cady was also a member of the Brookings Elks Lodge.

He is survived by wife, JoAnn, Harbor; brother, John Cady and his wife, Sue, Central Point; son, David Cady, Seattle; stepchildren, Mark and Nancy Townes, Grants Pass; Joan and Mark McFarland, Madras; and Bob and Suzi Townes, Anacortes, Wash.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Gleniss, and by his brother, Jim Cady.

An informal memorial service will be held for family and friends at the Pelican Bay Lighthouse on Short Way, Harbor, at 3 p.m. Sept. 15.